As a Managing Director of the Foundation, Nathalie Kylander plays a lead role in sourcing new investments and working with the leadership of those organizations as an operating partner and board member as they grow to build capacity and to achieve their maximum impact. As a member of the Foundation’s senior leadership team, she also helps to execute the Foundation’s strategy and goals and contributes to its thought leadership and external outreach. Nathalie currently serves on the boards of DRK portfolio organizations DigitalNEST, Friendship Bench, Greenwave, Jaza Energy, PHOOL, and Laboratoria. She previously served on the boards of DRK grantees Center for Good Food Purchasing, EforAll, Foster America, Indus Action, Rainforest Connection, Solutions Journalism Network, Spark MicroGrants, and The Renewal Workshop.
Nathalie is one of the world’s leading experts on nonprofit brand management. Her passion for understanding and promoting the important role that brand plays for nonprofit organizations has resulted in a decade of research, teaching, and consulting. Nathalie has been a practitioner as well as an academic over the course of her career. Her courses, including many Executive Education programs, and multiple publications have targeted nonprofit leaders, with the goal of building marketing and branding capacity in the sector. Nathalie has supported many of her students as they created and launched social enterprises both at Tufts University, where she taught entrepreneurial marketing and at Harvard where she currently teaches strategic management for nonprofits.
She has worked extensively in both the private and social sectors over the course of her 30-year career. As a biochemist, an MBA and a Ph.D., Nathalie also built on her experience in strategy consulting to hold a number of prominent positions in sales, marketing and management at Medtronic Inc. She led Doctors Without Borders programs in Armenia, worked for the UNDP in Senegal, and has consulted to dozens of both large and small nonprofit organizations.
Nathalie received a BS in Biochemistry from Imperial College at London University, an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and a Ph.D. from Fletcher School at Tufts University.